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Response to samsingh (Reply #27)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 06:20 PM

43. once a year

by population, isn't that different than other countries.
Stop the massacres? Mitigate the damage in some cases, and it has. There are an infinite number of variables. In VT, yes someone with the ability to defend themselves inside a locked building (while campus police stood around with their fingers up their asses) could have made it better. It would have not have made it worse.

I have yet to see any gun control advocate oppose prohibition like Chicago and DC. As each of these laws prove to be worthless in saving lives, there will be calls to fill "this loophole" or that "loophole" or just one more law will do xyz. They never do, that is why Prohibition eventually comes up. UK is the perfect case in point, each law was a knee jerk response to one incident but did nothing to prevent the next one. The mass shooting in Toronto a couple of weeks ago is another example. The shooter's pistol used magazines that are not legal in Canada, he did not have a PAL (in fact he just left court on illegal weapons charges, but got a slap on the wrist) and the gun was not registered (which is easy to do, the RCMP has a website to allow you to do it online. Once you get or gun from the gun store, online or whatever, you register it. ) yet the mayor wanted to confiscate legal guns from PAL holders. While you may not be interested in prohibition, it will eventually lead there.

Many scholars have suggested that Americans' positions on gun control are the product of culture conflicts. This assertion has been largely based on associations of gun control opinion with membership in social groups believed to be hostile, or favorable, towards gun ownership, rather than with direct measures of the cultural traits thought to mediate the effects of group membership on gun control opinion. Data from a 2005 national telephone survey were analyzed to test competing theories of why people support handgun bans. Instrumental explanations, which stress belief in a policy's likely effectiveness, accounted for less than 25 percent of the variation in support. The results supported the culture conflict perspective. Those who endorsed negative stereotypes about gun owners, and who did not believe in the need to defend their own homes against crime (versus relying on the police) were more likely to support handgun bans.


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